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Greetings from the Philly! I'm visiting my family this week and I stopped by the newly remodeled LOFT store at Garden State Plaza on our drive down. You can check out more pictures of this new concept store on the official Instagram page here. The store displays include some curvy mannequins, I love the new fixtures and best of all the gorgeous new fitting room and waiting area. I'm jealous of the NJ locals that get to enjoy this new store shopping environment!
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Get 50% off shorts and tees and save an extra 40% off sale styles at LOFT. Since no code is needed you can use code INSIDER442 for an additional $25 off qualifying full-price promotional purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey). This insider code is valid through June 10, 2018.
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Flash sale alert! Get 50% off your entire purchase at Ann Taylor. Use code MYSTERY50. Valid online only. Sale ends 5/22 at 3AM ET. Use the ShopRunner shipping option for free 2-day shipping (and returns) on minimum orders of $25+. I signed up for ShopRunner via PayPal which means I can enjoy a free membership for two years. Note: ShopRunner is a complimentary service for AmEx and Mastercard holders! Check out all of my recent Ann Taylor reviews here.

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Above photos by my Instagram husband @justintsaiphotography


Ann Taylor Gingham Ruffle Shell, size XXS regular (review here and here, last seen here)
Ann Taylor Gretel Metallic Leather Slides (past season, current season version here)
Shop this look (similar hat and bag linked)

I love this gingham top paired with these paper bag style shorts. I wish the shorts were offered in white. These shorts have a longer inseam which makes them perfect for sitting down on the ground for a picnic.


 LOFT Eyelet Split Neck Peplum Shell, size XXSP (review here, last seen here)
See this look on me here

I received these gingham shorts as a part of a huge product number mixup for the petite sizing as mentioned in this post. Luckily they fit me well and look so cute with this eyelet top.

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I love this paisley print dress! I paid $53.70 for it this past weekend but due to the current sale I reordered it for $29.70 as a cardmember. Details below and the cardmember code I used expires today May 16, 2018.
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Ann Taylor Chambray Trench Coat, size 00P (feature and review here)
Ann Taylor Gingham Ruffle Shell, size XXS regular (review here and below) 
Gap Jeans (old, similar jeans here and here)  
Hermes Lindy 30 Dupe in blue grey (comes in many other colors)
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It's been a long but busy week! Here are a few work friendly outfits for spring:
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Happy Sunday! Here are the latest LOFT fitting room reviews. Below each photo is a link to a short video clip from my try-ons. They're the same video clips I share on my Instagram stories. For reference I'm 5' 2.5" and 104.5 pounds.
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LOFT Lace Bib Blouse, size XXS regular 
Similar jeans here and here
Click here and here to view a few clips of the outfit on me

Happy Sunday! There are tons of new arrivals at LOFT plus a sale with free shipping! Just a friendly FYI that this sale is even better if you shop in stores combined with your LOFT Cares card. Details in this post. You can save an extra 25% off for cardmembers or an extra 20% off for non-cardmembers on purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey) using the Cares card. Monica kindly verified that the Cares card promotion is working on sale items at her store including final sale.

I love the color of this lace bib top which runs true to size but you could size down due to the wider fit. The regular missy size is a great length on me and I'm 5' 2.5". It only comes in regular missy sizes and it's an online exclusive. Check out Sandy's Instagram stories for her review of size small regular (she's 5'4" and 150 pounds). She always shares a lot of other reviews too.

I live in white jeans come spring and summer. Here are some white jeans that you may want to try:


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LOFT Textural V-Neck Sweater, size XSP
LOFT Crystal Disc Pendant Layering Necklace Set
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This sweater runs true to size but you could size up for a more relaxed fit. I received a couple requests to try on this sweater. I've seen it reviewed by Courtney (5'4") and Annie (5' who took size XXSP). Su recommended getting it in regular missy size for longer sleeves and she preferred size small for a more relaxed fit.

LOFT Striped Ruffle Cuff Top, size XXSP (review here)
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This top runs larger and I ended up exchanging size XXS regular for size XXSP after trying it on in red here. It is slightly sheer so a layering cami (see the exact one I'm wearing  underneath below) is recommended.


Similar jeans here and here

This cami has a more relaxed fit and I took size small petite but I should have stuck to my usual size XS petite. I have it in nude and white and the straps are adjustable. The petite length hits me mid hip instead of being tunic length on me like LOFT's clean cami. Special thanks to Ly for recommending this cami!

Click here to view a clip from my try-on

This medium wash cropped jean jacket is a favorite new purchase and I ordered size XSP and it fits true to size to slightly larger. I have a very small chest so I felt a little overwhelmed by my usual size depending on what I wore under it. I decided to reorder it in XXSP yesterday for a closer fit. Su also tried on size XXSP so if it fits her then it should definitely fit me since we're close in size but she has a larger chest. The width of sleeves are very wide in size XSP and they're also roomy in size XXSP according to Su. This makes it easier to layer puffy sleeves underneath the jacket sleeves without feeling constricted.


LOFT Lacy Striped Shirred Flutter Shell, size XXSP (review of size XSP here)
Ann Taylor Gretel Metallic Leather Slides (past season favorites, current season version here)

I wore this outfit yesterday. The striped top runs one size bigger. Size XXSP fit like size XSP. The cardigan runs true to size but I sized down for a closer fit. You can see size S on Lilly. It's the perfect weight for the summer. These jeans run true to size but they have a shorter inseam (measurements in this review).


Similar jeans here and here
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I also like this look with white jeans and fun pom pom sandals.


Ann Taylor Lilac Shirred Shoulder Tee, size XXSP (review here and size XSP review here)
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This floral top runs true to size but I sized down to size XXSP for a closer fit.


Zara Straw Bag (past season, similar here and here)
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I originally ordered this tee in size SP since I thought it would fit like long sleeve version that I have in black in size SP (review here) but it runs at least one size bigger. This tee has a very relaxed fit even in size XS petite. It's not sheer and washes well on cold and air dried. This skirt runs big and size XXSP fits like size XSP. Please check out my previous review here for measurements.


Banana Republic Gingko Leaf Necklace - past season favorite
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This sleeveless tee fits similar to the t-shirt above has a very relaxed fit in size XS petite. It's not sheer and washes well on cold and air dried.



LOFT - Get 40% off everything + extra 10% off + FREE shipping on all orders. Use code HOORAY. Valid in stores and online. This sale ends today according to their countdown. Shop my sales picks here:


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Also get an extra 60% off select sale styles (no code needed). This means that you can use cardmember code MORE40 for an extra 40% off select sale styles that are an extra 60% off. The extra promo code savings will be reflected on the order summary page when you're reviewing the order and right before you click on the 'place order' button. Note: You will not get free shipping with no minimum if you do not use the code HOORAY.

The shopping cart only accepts one code at checkout so you will have to decide which code you prefer to use for the latest sale promotions.  

Ann Taylor - Get 50% off your entire purchase. Use code MAINSQUEEZE. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends 4/30 at 3AM ET. Shop my sales picks here:


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FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

For reference I'm 5' 2.5" and currently 104.5 pounds.


Ann Taylor Gretel Metallic Leather Slides (past season favorites, current season version here)
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I LOVE this gingham ruffle shell which runs true to size to slightly smaller although the material has a good stretch to it. I would recommend getting regular missy especially if you prefer a longer length or have a larger bust since it has a shorter overall length. After trying on sizes XSP and XS regular I would prefer my usual size XXS regular for the best fit.


Ann Taylor Gingham Ruffle Shell, size XS regular
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This top runs one size bigger. Size XXSP fits like size XSP. It is double layered so it's not see through and there's a clasp at the collar if you prefer a more modest look.The v-neck is not too revealing in petites which I like.


Here are a some pieces I tried on last night:


LOFT Eyelet Sweater Tank, size XS regular
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This sweater tank is at the top of my wishlist because of the eyelet hem. Courtney reviewed this sweeter tank in her Instagram stories in size XS. She's usually one size up from me and since she's taller (5'4") and has a longer torso the regular missy size always looks better on her. I would need my usual size XXS regular for a better fit. It's not too boxy and the sweater material is very soft. It's a thicker material but I don't mind since I tend to get cold easily. The color is a true white.


LOFT Mosaic Striped Split Neck Blouse, size XS regular
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This mosaic striped split neck blouse runs large and very long (tunic length) on me in size XS regular. Refer to another picture of size XS on me with my arms out. I wanted to size down and order size XXSP but I came home to find out that it's sold out in size XXSP. I would really appreciate it if anyone my size (5' 2.5" and currently 104.5 pounds) can confirm if my usual size XSP would possibly fit me. Thanks in advance!


Lacy Striped Shirred Flutter Shell, size XXSP
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This wrap skirt is really cute and it runs true to size to slightly smaller since it sits higher on my waist in my usual size 0P. I couldn't figure out how to re-tie the sash so that it wouldn't stick out since the denim material is thicker.


Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Open Cardigan, size XS regular
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This cardigan runs true to size. Sadly size XS regular was too long and loose on me and I wish this cardigan was offered in petites because the signaturesoft material is so soft.


LOFT Denim Riviera Sailor Shorts, size 24/00 regular
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These shorts look like denim in terms of the color but they're similar to the stretchy material they use for their dress pants. They run true to size in my usual size 24/00 regular.


LOFT Striped Drop Shoulder Peplum Tee, size XS regular
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This cute top has a very generous sizing as you can see here. It's very wide so you could safely size down at least one size for the best fit.


LOFT Denim Riviera Sailor Shorts, size 24/00 regular
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This sweater runs true to size in my usual size XSP.


How cute is this new swing dress?

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Get 30% off full-price styles and get an extra 40% off sale styles at LOFT. Since no code is needed you can use code FEB419CC for an extra $50 off $100+ as mentioned in this post. It's valid on full price items and full-price items on promotion such as jeans and select full-price styles. The code will not work if you have an item from the 'sale' section in your cart as sale items will not qualify towards the $100 minimum in order to apply the $50 discount. I have been sharing this tip to get FREE shipping on orders of $50+ (old post so please ignore the sale alert in the post) but I noticed it's not working right now. I'll keep checking and report back.

The cardmember code MORE40 I shared in this post works for an extra 40% off your entire purchase (excludes full-price Lou & Grey styles). This cardmember offer also works on the sale/clearance items since no code is needed. The extra savings will be reflected on the order summary page when you review the order and right before you click on the place order button.

Note: The online shopping cart only accepts one code at checkout so you will have to decide which code you prefer to use.

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Happy Monday! I've been a bit quiet on Instagram this weekend since I was very tired last week. Sometimes social media can be very inspiring but it can also be emotionally draining and a few days to recharge always helps. I'm back today with a new blog post that I meant to get out last week but I kept hoping the LOFT sale would change to 50% off which obviously never happened.


LOFT's friend and family sale has been extended! Get 40% off everything + save an extra 50% off sale styles. Use code BFFS. Valid in stores and online. Please refer to the bottom of this post for a new stackable cardmember code and birthday coupon that you don't want to miss! I'm eyeing this new eyelet top but I was hoping for a better sale to order it. I wanted to order it in sizes XXS, XSP and XXSP to compare.

Save an extra 60% off sale styles at Ann Taylor. Valid online only. This flash sale ends tonight (4/24 at 3AM ET). Shop my sales picks here:


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CARES CARDS

LOFT Cares cards are also officially available for purchase today and they are valid through May 28, 2018. Purchase a LOFT Cares cards or an  Ann Cares cards online or in-store to save an extra 20% off for non-cardmembers or an extra 25% off for cardmembers on in-store purchases only. Valid at LOFT, LOFT Outlet Stores, Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory Stores and combinable with current in-store offers on full-price promotional purchases of $100+. This is the second year you can purchase the Cares cards online! 90% of the Cares cards' purchase price is donated to BCRF. The promotion ends May 14, 2018 for the Ann Cares card. Both the Ann Cares cards and LOFT Cares cards work across the aforementioned Ann Inc. brands for in-store use.


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BEAUTY FAVORITES

You can now shop my beauty favorites on this Pinterest board. I tend to keep things simple so I only plan on adding my absolute favorites to this board.

SPRING OUTFITS

Ann Taylor Bell Sleeve V-Neck Top, size XXS regular  (sold out, XXS review, XS review)
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LOFT Lacy Ruffle Cold Shoulder Blouse, size XXS regular (review here)
I wore this outfit to the LOFT Friends & Family pre-sale event last week at my local store. I had a lot of social angst about co-hosting the event but in full disclosure no one stopped by to specifically see me during the two hour event. I realized that I should network more with other local bloggers if I want to do more local events. Interestingly, according to my Google and Instagram analytics I have a bigger audience in NY, CA  and TX although MA is one of my top states.






Shop Katie's outfit (her commissioned links)
Becky did not link her outfit on her blog (this is her top and skirt)
Shop Shannon's outfit on her blog (her links) 

I got to meet Katie and I finally met Shannon and they were both very sweet. Becky works at my local store and she was very sweet and helpful. Also, how cute are their outfits? Shannon's salmon blazer was a huge hit (runs one size larger).

I thought about wearing my outfit with this knit dolman wrap (as seen here, and reviewed here) but I ended up wearing my favorite double breasted coat (past season review here) that I bought last year.

Here are some other outfit options that I thought about wearing but I loved the lacy ruffle cold shoulder blouse so I stuck to my first choice.


LOFT Striped Ruffle Cuff Tee, size XXSP (XXSP review, XS regular review)
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LOFT Flutter Sleeve Boatneck Sweater, size XXS regular (review here)
Sam Edelman Odila Sandal (true to size)
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LOFT Striped Ruffle Cuff Top, size XXS regular (XS review, review of the solid red color here)
LOFT Modern Tie Cuff Skinny Crop Jeans in Black, size 25/0P (review and measurements here)

This top runs larger and I ended up exchanging size XXS regular for size XXSP after trying it on in red here. It is slightly sheer so a layering cami (linked to one I love which runs true to size) is recommended. I love the tie cuff details on these black jeans but given the very short inseam I am tempted to order size 24/00 regular to try.


Lou & Grey Bluestitch Sweater, size XS regular (review here)

I loved this sweater but note that the sleeves to stretch out after you wear it. I took size XS regular but I wish I bought size XXS regular when it was available.


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I love the eyelet cutouts on this top (c/o, review here). This is not the best picture of the outfit but I had wanted this top in navy and I settled on this color in store. I feel like I'm settling a lot lately so I have a lot of items I need to clear out from my closet in order to make room for things that I love and fit me well.

I wore the the white jeans  (review here) out yesterday but the inseam is very short so I'll probably reorder size 24/00 regular or try to find it in store to try on. The jeans are not very stretchy at the waist and the material is a bit stiff so this pair is not as comfortable as I prefer.


Ann Taylor The Chelsea Skinny Pants, size 25/0P in fresh linen
Sam Edelman Odila Sandal (true to size)
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I love this cute gingham top but my usual size XXS regular was too long and loose on me. By the time I wanted to reorder it in size XXSP it was sold out online.

These pants are an awkward fit through the legs as you can see here. They are also see through in the fresh linen color. Here are the measurements of size 25/0P: 29" waist (they fit more high waisted), 25" inseam, 8.5" ankle opening (can be unzipped but looks weird in my opinion). The material is thin so they will show all the bumps on your legs which I didn't love on me in the lighter color but perhaps it would be better in one of the darker color options.



I love these new shorts but size 00 was a big loose on me in the waist since it measured 29" so I need to reorder it in size 0P for a better fit. They have pockets but I wouldn't free the pockets or else they would look funny when you sit down.

I also love this white v-neck from Old Navy and I also got the sleeveless version. They're not see through and I heard good things about their luxe tees from Ly and Lilly. I originally ordered size SP since I thought they would fit like the long sleeve version I have in black but these tees run a once size bigger and they have a longer length. I ended up exchanging them for size XSP which is still loose fitting on me. I wish Old Navy offered size XXSP.


LOFT Floral Paisley Ruffle Henley Shell, size XXS regular (review of size XS regular)
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I like this print but I'm not sure how much I would actually reach for it so I passed even thought I was excited to find size XXS regular to try on. I wanted the sold out polka dot print but I haven't been able to catch my size online. It's also available in other colors/prints. This top runs true to size and has a good longer overall length. I would prefer size XSP for a shorter overall length since I'm only 5'2.5".


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The search for white jeans continues and I tried these on in size 24/00P since the waist of size 25/0P looked big. Size 24/00P fits like my usual size 25/0P so I would recommend sizing down. The pocket lining in the front is showing but you can have the pockets removed. It's not too sheer with nude underwear. I thought I wouldn't like the slit in the front but they aren't bad although I don't understand the purpose of having random slits there. The inseam hits above the ankle bone on me so they are likely around 25".


Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on

I love the eye catching print and texture of this dress. It's perfect for work or play. I tried on size 00P but I need my usual size 0P since the armpits of size 00P dig in and the waist is a bit too snug for comfort.

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LOFT Denim Jacket (past season, similar here)
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I love this romper and I found that it runs true to size. I went down a size due to the first online reviewer's comment and luckily size XXSP fits me since I have a small chest. The smocked portion on top has a snug hold across the bust so it shouldn't really get dragged down due to the weight of the garment. If you have a smaller chest like me then you might want to try sizing down since the fit is meant to be very loose so you may prefer the closer fit of the next size down. The smocked portion ends above my natural waist giving it a high waisted look. I love the thicker straps which cover my bra straps an the fact that it has pockets. The inseam is a good cropped length on me perfect with either heels or flats.

For reference I'm 5'2.5" and currently 102-105 pounds due to being on the AIP diet as recommended by my functional medicine doctor.


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Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I have the lighter wash of these chewed hem jeans and I love this darker wash as well. I received the current season's version of these jeans and the inseam is noticeably longer than the lighter pair (reviewed here). My usual size 25/0P measured 28" in the waist and it has a 26" inseam which I prefer.


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I love the tie cuffs on these jeans and I took my usual size 25/0P which has a 28" waist and 23.5" inseam. The day I took this photo and video clip I was not happy with the loose fit on my thin thighs. (I have been trying to eat more so that I can fill out my pants properly since the AIP diet is very limiting.) If you like the tie cuff you may also be interested in this white version from Ann Taylor which I reviewed here. Of the two pairs the LOFT version has a stretchier waist since it's 77" cotton, 21% polyester and 2% elastane while the Ann Taylor version is 98% cotton and 2% elastane.

FITTING ROOM REVIEWS


Here are some pieces that I tried on from the recent LOFT Friends & Family event (more items reviewed below than pictured above).


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I loved this sweater as seen on Shannon's Instagram stories try-ons (I finally met her during the LOFT even and she's so sweet!). I probably would have preferred my usual size XXS regular but I liked the loose and relaxed fit of size XS regular. I didn't find that it was too sheer but it's definitely a lightweight sweater that's perfect for spring and summer as an easy throw on piece.


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LOFT has so many cute Zebra print items this season including this scarf which I love. I fit size XXSP due to my smaller chest but I would say that this runs true to size and it may run a bit narrow at the chest. For once the v-neck is not too low and revealing. I also like the length and flow of this piece as well as the flattering shirttail hem. I am not a ran of tops that don't allow me to wear a regular bra so I'm on the fence about this top although I'm sure I would just keep a cardigan or jacket over it if I do get it. I am still on the look out for the dress which is on my wishlist.


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I love the pretty lacy detail and thin stripes of this top. It runs true to size and it's a great longer length in petites (not too short) and not boxy either. I decided to size down for a closer fit and I took home size XXSP. I could see my bra from the sides in size XSP and the arm holes were better for me in the smaller size.


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Shannon also tried on this cute giraffe print in her Instagram try-ons last week and I had to try it on for myself. It was too loose and baggy in my usual size XSP. I would suggest going down one to two sizes for a closer fit since this top fits like a paper bag. It's a very wide top but the giraffes and color are a very cute combination.


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I love this red color but note that this color is currently in stores first but it had the same item number as the marigold top I linked to. I meant to order this top once I got home but that's when I realized the red color was in stores first. I also ordered this top in the stripe version (slightly sheer) which I love and will review in an upcoming post. If you like this style it is also available in a floral print. This top runs wide and one size larger so I would suggest sizing down for a more flattering fit. I had ordered my usual size XXS regular in the stripe version but when I took photos I felt like I was completely lost in the shirt.


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I love this skirt and the fact that it has pockets. I had to size down in this skirt since it runs very big. Size XXSP has a 26.5 waist unstretched and it stretches comfortably to a ~28" waist. Size XXSP was 17" in the overall length so it is very short but the shorter length works for the summer. The skirt is fully lined and not see through.



I like the pretty lace details on the shoulders for added interest. This tee runs true to size in my usual size XSP for a relaxed fit. I didn't love it on me untucked but it should look really cute tucked into skirts.


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This lily print is gorgeous and I fit my usual size XSP. The dress is thin and unlined but not see through. It is 100% rayon so I'm nervous to wash it (if anyone has successfully washed it please share so I can feel at ease). The length is perfect, it's not too wide so there's no extra fabric on the sides unlike some LOFT dresses when belted. I like that the v-neck isn't too low.


Click here and here to view the clip from my try-on

I love the blue and white stripes of this shirtdress but if you view the two video clips I linked to you'll see the amount of excess material on the sides of the hips. I tried on size XXSP as well but it still felt a few sizes too big and the all of the extra material bunches in an unflattering way when I try to belt it. I would go down at least two sizes in this dress for a closer fit. This dress would likely be best suited for more curvy figures that are able to fill out the hips better where the excess fabric is.


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I'm still on the hunt for this dress in size XXSP. My usual size XSP is a loose fit on me. I keep trying it on since I like the colors and the sleeves.


LOFT Riviera Pants in Marisa Fit in light toasted almond, size 00P
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These dress pants run about one size bigger. I carry a measuring tape on me and size 00P has a 29.5" waist and 23.5" inseam. I would suggest going down a size but unfortunately I am sized out of these pants. For reference a 0P in LOFT pants usually has a 28" waist.


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I ordered these white jeans to try and I found that the 27" inseam is a bit longer than I prefer and the thighs are very loose on me. Size 25/0P has the usual 28" waist but the ankle opening is not as narrow as I prefer and measured 11".

I received this stripe ruffle cuff tee and size XXSP has a very relaxed fit (it fit more like a loose size XSP). The waist down is shapeless/wider so it looks best knotted on one side to give the top a bit more shape. I wanted the option to tuck in the tee but there is too much excess fabric on the sides to tuck it in cleanly. I'll try to share updated photos soon in good lighting.

Lastly, I also tried on this fern wrap romper but I didn't get a chance to take photos. The top portion runs very long in 00P which is the smallest size. I was able to pull about 4 extra inches of length to demonstrate how long the top portion was on me while the waist fit me well. This romper seems like it's meant for someone with a much longer torso so I recommend trying the petite sizing over regular missy sizes for the best fit.

I intended to share more styled looks but I really need to head to bed for an 8:30AM meeting at work. I'll try to share another blog post soon but I know some of you may be looking for new reviews so I wanted to wrap up this post first.
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